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Dad admits killing knifeman in Greenock who robbed son

A man has admitted killing a knife-wielding robber who took his son's iPhone during an attack in Inverclyde.

Derek Grant, 38, confronted Patrick Bradley after the 29-year-old had held up his son Jordan in Greenock on 30 August last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Bradley stabbed Grant in the eye, after which the accused fatally stabbed him.

Grant was remanded in custody at the High Court in Glasgow and sentence was deferred until next month.

He was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

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The court heard how Jordan Grant had been returning to his home in Greenock when he was confronted by Bradley, who had a significant record for violence.

He ordered the politics student to hand over his iPhone, which he did.

The McDonald's worker went home and told his father who used a mobile app to trace the stolen phone to a nearby location.

Grant then left his home with Jordan and his two younger sons, Lee, 17, and 16 year-old Jamie.

They spotted Bradley - who was not known to them - and Grant ordered he hand back the stolen phone.

Cardiac arrest

Bradley instead lashed out at Grant and stabbed him in the eye before Grant then repeatedly struck out at him with a knife he had taken from home.

Bradley suffered a cardiac arrest and died following the incident. Grant was left blinded in one eye.

Grant was arrested and he later said: "I wish to declare for the record that at the time of this incident, I was acting in self defence."

Advocate depute Douglas Fairley QC, prosecuting, said it was agreed Grant had suffered a "significant" degree of provocation before the fatal assault.

Grant's three sons also faced murder charges but their not guilty pleas were accepted.

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